Are you a “Water Walker?”

Your first question might be what is a “Water Walker” Well a “Water Walker” is someone like Peter who had enough faith in Jesus to take that first step and walk on water when Jesus bid him to come to Him.

Matthew 14:22-33 says, Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God!

How many times has God brought something to you, a dream, a goal, a vision, a job, a move out the state, (etc.) and when the opportunity came you, like Peter said, Lord if that is you, tell me to do this. Basically you said, Lord if this job is for me, give me peace about it, or if this is the move you want me to make, give me faith enough to make it. Then once you took that first step of faith or walked on the water to do what you thought Jesus was biding or allowing you to do, your faith wavered because things started to look scary or the winds started to do what they were called to do which was to blow, and you turned back to the normal or the comfortable; and God being the God He is, gave you freedom of choice to turn back and the winds began to cease again; but in hind-sight, you, like Peter could have walked on water, if only you had enough faith.

You see God called Peter just as He called you, all it really takes is faith in God and faith in what God has put inside you, the winds will do as they have been called to do, which is blow, life will happen as it has been called to do, but you have to have enough faith in God and in what He has placed in you to not only take that first step, but also to keep walking, winds blowing and all.  

Noah was a “Water Walker” because he built an ark and had never seen rain before, Moses was a “Water Walker”, because he was a stutter who didn’t want the job of leading millions out of captivity but He did it anyway, David was a “Water Walker” because he was a shepherd boy whose only job was to lead sheep, but he had enough faith in Himself and His God to believe He could slay a giant, and by only using the one thing he knew how to use, a slingshot!

And (yes, I know I shouldn’t start a sentence with “And”, but artistic expression J), I like to think of myself as a “Water Walker”. I have known the voice of God in my life since I can remember and in knowing that voice I have always been the type of person who had to obey His voice even when I didn’t want to, and even when it wasn’t popular to those around me; from being a stay-at-home-mom when I wanted to be a 9-5 mom, to home-schooling my sons when it wasn’t popular,  to leaving a church home where I loved the pastor and church family when I knew God was telling me it was time to go, but in each of those situations, I walked on water, and in each situation God always showed up to hold my hand and bring me through; scary times, winds blowing and all!

Being a water walker is not for the faint of heart, when Jesus calls you and you step out into the unknown, the waves can not only be scary but they can be treacherous, intimidating and at times overtake you and make you think you are sinking and want to look back and return to where you came. But if you are anything like me, you can’t turn around and the nudging of the Holy Spirit and God won’t let you do it.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. who said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.” Today take that first step of faith even though you can’t see the staircase, become a “Water Walker” and believe that God loves you enough to not let you sink, step out of your comfort zone, the winds will blow, because that’s their job, but know that the Love, Grace and Mercy of God is renewed to you every day and that He has promised to never leave you nor forsake you, know that He won’t push you, He will only bid you, and you have to have enough faith in Him and what He has placed in you, to be a “Water Walker”!

Love, Hugs and Teacups,
Always In His Grace,

Toinette Neube